Good Food in the Year 2019

As we just wrapped up the Year 2019, let me pick up my favourite top 5 food that I ate last year, and it worth the try. It goes without ordering as below:

Werner Oven, Joo Chiat. (Closed)

It is an authentic German cuisine recommended by an ex-colleague during one of the farewells last year. The location is a little bit harder to reach, but it worth the trip. I liked their pork knuckle and sausages. Basically, it is the meat platter below.

Easy Noodles Bar, Foch Road. (Closed)

Chicken Roulade, minced meat rolled inside a chicken breast, I think. Everything was meaty. It comes in two portions, nicely grilled, still tender, and delicious. Nikujaga is my favorite of all the dishes we ordered. Japanese beef stewed with vegetables, and the stock was sweet and tasty. According to Sethlui.com, they use grain-fed Angus beef, which marinated with shoulder, mirin, and sake. The meat was tender and easily melted in my mouth.

Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant, DUO.

Hitsumabushi regular set. Each live unagi is first skewered and grilled over a hot charcoal grill. After being charred for about 15 minutes, the eel is brushed with a secret house-made gravy made from ingredients such as soya sauce and brown sugar. The eel is then flame-broiled to retain its juiciness, while the flavours develop. Each portion features a bed of rice topped with thickly-sliced pieces of Japanese unagi. A small pitcher of dashi broth, a plate of pickles, and a plate of condiments containing strips of seaweed, chopped spring onion, and freshly grated wasabi came with the prized unagi donburi. I get to experience how to grate the Japanese horseradish myself. Too much work on it.

The Coconut Club, Ann Siang Rd.

The basic nasi lemak is superb. It gives half a chicken if you asked for breast meat, and I think it is the same goes to a drumstick. The sides are very generous too. You can compare this nasi lemak with those set A or B. It is 7x more expensive!!! And it is 7x more satisfied.

LeNu Taiwan Beef Noodle Restaurant, Bugis.

I tried it once at the Jurong branch and during that visit, I ordered the garoupa fish with perserved vegetables. I recommended other friends to try it at the Bugis branch and that was my second visit. She took the mala style while I chose pickled vegetable soup base for the noodle. The noodle texture is al-dente, ingredients are generous, hope they can improve the soup base a bit more, that would be great.

For next year, I hope I can explore more good and healthy food and share it with everyone. Happy New Year.

Favourite Hawkers Food in the Year 2019

I get to explore quite a bit of the hawker food this year and I spotted a few good ones that I always return to the stalls whenever I am around the area.

Juan Yi Handmade Noodle, Tampines Hub.

The stall locates in the Tampines Hub’s food court at level one. I liked their mee hoon kway because it was ‘hand-teared’ instead of machine-cut. This bowl of noodles comes with an egg, vegetables, meatballs, and some anchovies. Then, it served with fried garlic and fried onion. Their soup is quite tasty. Do try their handmade chili sauce, garlicky in away.

Cheng Mun Chee Kee Pig Organ Soup, Foch Road.

For the rainy day, I ordered the soupy lean meat, meatballs, and tofu soup with a bowl of rice from the Pig Organ Soup stall was a most fabulous treat. You can choose your ingredients, as many as you like. The porky soup mixed with so many different parts of a pig, making it very nutritious.

Thiam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice, Changi Village Hawker Centre.

The wanton noodle comes with char siew, wanton dumplings in the soup, and some green vegetables. I must say this is a good one you should try if you want to eat wanton noodles when you are at Changi Village Hawker Centre. I have not tried their chicken rice yet.

Jin Hua Fish Soup, Hong Lim Food Court.

The best-sliced fish soup so far because of the soup based and the generous among of sliced fish. There is no additional cost for changing the noodles to yee mee or adding milk into the soup, that usually other stalls may charge extra 50 cents. I do not mind visiting the same stall twice a week.

Bai Nian Yong Tau Foo, People’s Park Food Court.

I pretty like to eat Yong Tau Foo because of the number of ingredients that I can pick up. Usually, it comes with six pieces. In People’s Park Food Court, the Yong Tau Foo sells differently. There are no selections except for the type of noodle, and I liked this stall because of the combination offered; it comes with ingredients stuffed with the fish paste and prawn paste.

Three Buns

After the first failed attempt to visit and try their burgers, finally, I made it earlier this month. Together with four other friends, we hit the place for dinner on a Friday night. The restaurant locates at the Robertson Quay, strategically situated near the Alkaff Bridge.

I did try to take a picture of the restaurant from the playground side; unfortunately, it blurred, and I decided not to upload it here. The ambiance at that evening was pretty cool when the wind blew. And that, I decided to have some iced drink to match the feel.

I ordered the Kool Herc Burger. According to the website, they use the Black Angus beef patty. The patty cooked at medium doneness and added with some unique sauces. Their sauces names are quite hard to pronounce (I did not know what the ingredients are). They added the cheese and pickles to complement the overall taste of the burger fully.

Three Buns’ food offerings reflect Chef Adam’s talent, love of high-quality meats and sauces, and years of research perfecting the perfect burger.

https://danielfooddiary.com/2018/11/27/threebuns/

We ordered a side dish called the Naughty Fries. It tasted like hot chilli and a special touch of bawang goreng (fried shallots). There were some other ingredients and sauces that I did not know what it is. Overall, the taste was good.

Address: 60 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238252.

December

December is almost coming to the end of the year. It is a good time to do a checklist of what I have gone through this year. The year 2019 has been a bumpy year for me. A few topics I want to highlight here.

People assume you know everything, and I presume Google answers everything. In one of my recent tasks, two other colleagues and myself tasked to work on some reports. We were briefly running through the task. As usual, it was a simple introduction. There was no documentation about the requirements specification, no head-up about how the users use the reports, and the instruction was blurry. It seemed to be freestyle, but it ended up with re-doing. In the end, I received a familiar word, “When is the report going to deliver?”.

Working with limited information about what I supposed to present to the users and what is the standard of doing the work for the first time, it frustrated me a lot. I did a lot of googling to get my questions answered. I realized I need to join other user groups to get community supports. I have nobody to ask. Things got worse when one person told me to use method A to do; another person told me to use method B to continue. No clear instructions. The same happened to me six years ago.

I have a dilemma when the talks slowly become cheap and unconvinceable. The expected result cannot be delivered. Also, the word “easy” often uttered, and it becomes a toxic word to me. For example, I went through a series of process to identify all the needed database tables. I have to link up all these tables to form their relationships before work can be done. Someone has done nothing, just used the word “easy” to describe the entire episode. It further demotivated me.

I have dealt with red tapes and drawing lines. Processes are useful when the standard of procedures help to streamline the work. Learning processes or procedures was one of the recent I joined my current company. However, I found time and efforts wasted just because of these processes too. Processes are painful. Are we human, so rigid with the words used in the request forms or emails, and we do not work extra (if the extra work still within our mean and budget)?

Lessons learned
No one is permanent.
I just changed a new job about four months ago from a job that I thought I would have spent my next five years working with them as a family. Things did change, and life has to move on. When I started my new job, I experienced colleagues leaving the team as well. It brought me to a point where I began to think in a way that I am not permanent in my team. My dictionary suddenly removes the word ‘permanent’ from the list. However, I feel happy and lighter to have this thought in my mind.

I started to appreciate more on the great people that I met along the way. A senior who taught me how to solve problems and guided me throughout the project that we both worked on. He is a good advisor with multiple domain knowledge. I glad that I know someone similar in my current team. I do hope to work with him closely.

Next year goal

I am not a person who likes to make new year resolutions. However, I have a wish board that listed down things that I wanted. I am inspired to conduct, learn and teach. I have a few topics in my mind that I want to give a try. I have done none so far, even with my volunteer group. I found this https://www.mci.gov.sg/digitalparticipationpledge may be a good starting point for me to begin contributing.

Eminent Frog Porridge

Perhaps this is my first entry about frog porridge. In Singapore, frog porridge is quite famous among the Chinese. My friend recommended me to visit this restaurant situated at Geylang when I asked for a suggestion for a good location to have frog porridge as dinner. In Geylang, you can find a few different restaurants selling frog porridge too.

Usually, they sell in an odd number of frogs (so far, based on my experience in two other stalls). Two of us ordered two frogs, and we got one free. Next, we chose our favours for these frogs, one cooked with kong pao style (fried dried chili sauce) and herbal chicken essence. They added a bottle of chicken essence into the herbal soup. Guess, it made it pretty worth the price.

I quite liked the kong bao style because the sauce paired perfectly with the plain porridge. Usually, people will mix the sauce with the porridge. Of course, the porridge looked dark because of the sauce, but it tasted delicious and tasty. The soupy chicken essence style was my first time, and it is a good idea. But, the porridge did not go well with the chicken soup because of its strong herbal taste.

The plain porridge pot is quite significant for two persons. It would be great if a third person is joining us or take away the leftover for another day.

Address: 323 Geylang Rd, Singapore 389359.

Continuous Intelligence

As part of the assignment, I would like to write something on the chosen topic, Continuous Intelligence. Continuous intelligence plays a major role in most digital business transformation projects. It is a growing part of enterprise analytics and BI strategies.

Definition

Continuous intelligence is a design pattern in which real-time analytics are integrated into a business operation, processing current and historical data to prescribe actions in response to business moments and other events. It provides decision automation or decision support. Continuous intelligence leverages multiple technologies such as augmented analytics, event stream processing, optimization, business relationship management (BRM), and machine learning (ML). The definition extracts from the Gartner Research.

What can you do with Continuous Intelligence?

Continuous intelligence enables companies to deliver better outcomes from a broad range of operational decisions since it involves more relevant, real-time data in decision-making algorithms. Individuals can make sense of extreme volumes of data in milliseconds, evaluating more alternatives in greater detail than humanly possible without access to real-time data and processing.

Gartner estimates that, within 3 years, more than 50% of all business initiatives require continuous intelligence, leveraging streaming data to enhance real-time decision-making.

Combining all these forms of artificial intelligence (AI) with continuous intelligence drawing from geospatial, real-time, and historical analytics can further enhance business ability to know where assets and people are at all times and help predict what might occur next.

Adding rules engines and programmatic logic to AI, location data enables organizations to automate many decisions that previously required human insights. From predictive maintenance based on actual driving conditions to decide the best next action to take with customers to improve loyalty, leading companies are decreasing costs and improving revenues to become more successful.

What are The Challenges?

What makes continuous intelligence difficult is feeding a business’s analytics systems with high volumes of real-time streaming data in a way that is robust, secure, and yet highly consumable. The ability to combine “always-on,” streaming data ingestion and integration with real-time complex event processing, enrichment with rules and optimization logic, and streaming analytics is key to enabling Continuous Intelligence.

Many data analytics organizations lack experience with Continuous Intelligence, or unsure how to start their Continuous Intelligence journey to keep up with growing business demand.

Continuous Intelligence requires the building of new capabilities, skills and technologies. The challenge for data and analytics leaders is to understand how these differ from existing practice.

Why Use Continuous Intelligence in DevOps/DataOps

If you are considering DevOps as a strategy to adopt continuous innovation, your data strategy has to evolve, too. Traditional BI has too many silos and too much human intervention to support your move to an agile system.

Up to this point, I would like to add that in my current project, some of my team members, who are in the agile system, try to implement the ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) processes by following agile methodology. Sometimes ago, I went to the agile workshop and I have forgotten some of the concepts. It is a good time to read them up again.

According to Open Data Science’s article entitled “Why Use Continuous Intelligence in DevOps/DataOps,” it wrote that businesses look out for continuous innovation. Those who do not may put out shoddy products. Your data strategy, therefore, has to be seamless, frictionless, and automated.

Artificial Intelligence

The article adds, “Artificial Intelligence is capable of continually combing data, looking for patterns as data updates. Continuous intelligence allows you to analyze this data accurately and in real-time. The other piece could be letting go of data wrangling. Until you have deployed Continuous Intelligence, data wrangling remains a huge and functional part of your data management plan.”

Gartner identifies six defining features of CI.

  1. Fast: Real-time insight keeps up with the pace of change in the modern age.
  2. Smart: The platform is capable of processing the type of data you get, not the type you wish you had.
  3. Automated: Human intervention is rife with mistakes and wastes your team’s time.
  4. Continuous: Real-time analytics requires a system that works around the clock.
  5. Embedded: It’s integral to your current system.
  6. Results-focused: It should go without saying, but data means nothing without insight. Your program should deliver those insights. Don’t forget the results in the search for more data.

Once you let go of batch processing and silos, moving towards an agile framework is a reality with CI.

Open Data Science

Your team has access to these insights to direct new inquiries and drive brainstorming, pivot during sprints, and reach a frictionless state in which data flows in and insights become the next iteration of a product or a new product altogether. “

With this information, I have a vision; I wish to move into Continuous Intelligence and bring this agile methodology into my project.

References:
https://www.striim.com/blog/2019/05/gartner-identifies-continuous-intelligence-as-top-10-trend-for-2019/
https://www.rtinsights.com/what-can-you-do-with-continuous-intelligence/
https://medium.com/@ODSC/why-use-continuous-intelligence-in-devops-dataops-b6bc0a448b7a